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June 22, 2020 GMT

PERUVIAN BARBER GIVES FREE HAIRCUTS TO THE POOR

There has been a lot of talk about how people quarantined because of the coronavirus outbreak here in the U.S. are chafing against restrictions — so they can do things like get haircuts. In Peru, one barber is trying to help those whose locks have grown out during the more than 100 days of being locked down there. Once a week, Josué Yacahuanca hits the roads of Lima — heading toward the capital’s poorest neighborhoods. He totes a briefcase that contains five clippers, 20 combs, four scissors — and a bottle of rubbing alcohol to clean his tools. He gives haircuts to those who need them — and doesn’t charge anyone. He says he’s cutting hair so residents of poor areas can “look in the mirror and see a bit of hope.” Peru has been one of Latin America’s hardest-hit nations because of the recession brought on by the virus outbreak.

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by Oscar Wells Gabriel II

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